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Cliff diving enters era of equality and unveils three brand-new locations for 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 gennaio 2020

Entering its 12th year, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is back with eight exciting locations around the globe for an equalized athletes’ roster of 18 nationalities. With three brand new locations, the youngest ever permanent diver and the same standards for the men and women, the World Series progresses into a new decade. Featuring reigning champions Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) and Gary Hunt (GBR), the sport that combines acrobatic free falls from up to 27m and speeds in excess of 85km/h, returns reformed following a record-breaking season.Pure concentration, perfect skill and physical control are the mandatory components in the athletes’ quest for the glorious King Kahekili Trophy. At venues ranging from natural wonders and visual feasts to historic sites and untouched waters across four continents, this rapidly progressing sport will push the boundaries again in 2020 and produce two new champions during eight tough and testing competitions.New to the tour this year is Bali, Indonesia, Norway’s capital Oslo and Australia. It’s going to be an emotional highlight when reigning and 4-time women’s World Series champion Iffland returns home to round off the season for the first time ever in Sydney Harbour.However, before the divers get to experience this special atmosphere, the world-class athletes of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series launch themselves from heights of 27m (men) and 21m (women), hitting the water less than three seconds later, also in crowd classics like France, USA, Italy, Portugal, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina.The season’s first dives from nearly three times the height of the Olympic platform take place in one of the world’s most exotic settings in a brand-new location in beautiful Bali, where the men and women will get to showcase their skills in two paradisiacal spots – Aling Aling Canyon & Nusa Penida.Following the lush greenery and pure white sands of Indonesia, a World Series favourite makes a welcome return to the calendar: La Rochelle, France. For the first-time ever the women will get to experience this daunting venue in the Bay of Biscay, where the former defence tower of Saint Nicolas already served as the inaugural launchpad at the very first stop in 2009.The placid waters surrounding Possum Kingdom Lake’s Hell’s Gate will once again be beautifully disturbed end of June when thousands of fans on boats, kayaks and paddleboards meet for a sporting lake party.Back in Europe, the athletes return to the venue where houses rise from the rocks and 70,000 passionate fans await in Polignano a Mare in the very south of Italy. From the private roof-top on the cliffs, the World Series travels to an iceberg-look alike roof top at the head of the Oslo fjord. When the platforms are mounted on the Oslo Opera House, the 24 athletes will compete in the Norwegian capital for the first time ever.No location on the planet has welcomed the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on more occasions than the phenomenal rocks of Portugal’s Azores islands. For its 9th consecutive year as host, this typically mid-season stop could have some added spice due its rare scheduling in the business end of the season. A September date is the latest ever in the mid-Atlantic spot, and tiring limbs and minds will be tested to the limit by the natural and often unforgiving conditions, as the divers battle for crucial championship points.The drama continues in Mostar, when the historic Stari Most plays host to the penultimate stop of the season, a crucial point at which pressure can make or break an athlete’s season. Last year, Hunt and Iffland secured their titles here, while Constantin Popovici (ROU) scored five 10s for a perfect dive.Following seven months of exciting action around the globe, the 2020 World Series concludes with a first-ever visit to Australia, where two champions will be crowned in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans at Sydney Harbour. All eyes will be on the sport’s most decorated athlete, Rhiannan Iffland, who will be hoping for a majestic homecoming, while the men’s title tussle will also be settled from the purpose-built 27 metre platform in the middle of the harbour.As 2020 kicks off, the World Series enters a new era when the same number of male and female athletes have permanent status (8) and they follow the same competition format as well as a whole new generation of athletes pushes into the World Series.Although 8-time champion Gary Hunt from England is the one to catch, sports director Greg Louganis believes that it’s all up for grabs this season in the men’s as established divers up their game steadily and newcomers jump on the podium on a regular basis. With two new permanent divers in the women’s division – Colombia’s Maria Paula Quintero, the first teenager to secure a permanent spot, and Iris Schmidbauer from Germany – competition will fierce up for undefeated champion Iffland as well.

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Cliff divers’ debut leap into Indian waters in ‘Sun City’ of Jodhpur

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 novembre 2019

A much-traveled man, recently retired Colombian cliff diving legend Duque, has previously dived from headline grabbing locations such as an iceberg in Antarctica or in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York City; now he added the rose-red sandstone gem, the Toorji’s step well, to his exclusive list.“It’s my first time in India and I am really excited about the location. It combines everything: a little bit of history, a beautiful location, really tricky, too. It’s a very small area for landing,” explained Duque, the only person who dived from locations in all seven continents. ”Amazing. One of the best locations I have seen so far.” After more than 20 highly successful years in the competitive side of the sport, the 45-year-old shifted his priorities towards the adventurous aspect as well as continuing to push the sport to higher goals. With the end of the 2019 season, Duque handed over the reins to the next generation.The torch of success is nowhere in better hands than with the undefeated four-time overall champion Iffland from Australia. Only moments after Duque bid farewell during the final in Spain in September, the 28-year-old became the competition’s first diver, man or woman, to win all stops in a season and remain unbeaten all year.For the most decorated female in the sport’s history, the experience in India was the cherry on the cake of an incredible year. “I have not really experienced anything similar to India. It’s got its own flavor and it’s so busy but the people at the same time are so peaceful,” described Iffland, “it was such an awesome experience to dive in there and after the first, second dive shook off the nerves and it was so much fun I was keen to go back and do it again.” Located in the so-called ‘Sun City’ or ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, the exceptional diving venue itself was built almost 300 years ago by Queen Maharaja Abhay Singh’s Consort, who continued the age-old tradition of royal women letting build public water works. A recent restoration process uncovered over 200 feet of intricate carvings of dancing elephants, medieval lions and cow waterspouts, as well as niches housing deities long gone. Today the Step Well serves as Jodhpur’s unofficial local swimming pool, frequented by children and some adults who enjoy having a dip and a dive into cool waters.
Following these final feats from the heritage monument in the heart of India, the World Series moves into its off-season preparations and will be back mid-May with the first of eight competitions in a brand new original location in Indonesia. In its 12th year of dives from up to 27m and speeds in excess of 85km/h the champions will be crowned on Iffland’s home soil in Sydney, Australia, for the first time.

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Legendary cave leap ahead of cliff diving premiere

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 luglio 2019

This competition will be LIVE on July 14 from 2:30pm GMT on http://www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV, Facebook & YouTube. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. Find out more at about.redbull.tv.
Captivated by the place’s beauty and purity during a site-visit earlier this year, 3-time women’s champion and current overall leader Rhiannan Iffland from Australia returned to the Lebanese village of Hamat to dive together with the cliff diving legend Orlando Duque from Colombia. The locals’ favourite cliff diving spot serves as entry way to a cave as well as a warm-up for the 5th stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series from Beirut’s Pigeon Rocks this weekend. Going into the second half of the season, the battle for vital ranking points will spice things up in Lebanon’s capital city.Pairing up with the sport’s most lustrous figure, Orlando ‘the Duke’ Duque, the Australian kick started the business end of the 2019 season with only three stops left before the coronation of the champions mid September.“It’s my second time here in Lebanon this year and again it’s super enjoyable. We’re going to hold the first cliff diving competition here and it’s a privilege to come here and put on a show for the people of Beirut”, stated 27-year-old Iffland, “exploring a new culture and a new place adds to the diving, so I’m very, very happy and excited to be back here.”After the spectacular rocks of Hamat, the season’s 4-time winner from the 21m platform moved to Beirut’s neighbourhood of Raouché, where she could win for the 5th consecutive time this year and stay unbeaten in 2019.In the men’s, 7-time champion Gary Hunt from Great Britain also wants to stretch his winning form and a victory from the natural landmark known as Pigeon Rocks would mean the 3rd win in the season’s 3rd off-the-cliff competition following Philippines and Portugal.
While Iffland and Hunt aim to increase their stranglehold at the top and retain the King Kahekili trophy, the acrobatic cliff diving feats of the 24 athletes from up to 27m will leave the fans below the rocks in awe when the world’s oldest extreme sport debuts in one of the oldest cities in the world. The Red Bull Cliff Diving Newsroom is the central hub for all World Series content and will be updated through out the event week and is free for editorial use for all media channels including television, film, print, mobile, and digital. http://www.redbullcliffdivingnewsroom.com.

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Red Bull Cliff Diving Returns with Ultimate Test of Nerve – and the Impact of a Mike Tyson Uppercut

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 maggio 2016

red bullThe world’s best professional cliff divers face their biggest challenge yet when the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns on June 4 in Texas, USA, with the ever growing complexity of dives pushing the limits of what is physically possible, while the addition of live TV coverage piles on the psychological pressure. The platform is up to 28 metres high (92 feet), the drop takes just 3 seconds, and the athletes reach speeds of 85 kilometres (53 miles) per hour as they twist and somersault up to five times before impact. The only way to hit the water safely from that height is feet first, and even the slightest mistake in timing can mean a bruising experience for the men and women taking part. “When you have a bad landing it can feel like an uppercut from Mike Tyson,” explains Britain’s five-times series champion Gary Hunt. “Any loss of concentration can be very painful.” The 2016 season is the eighth since the launch of the World Series in 2009 and for the first time every event will be broadcast live on Red Bull TV and stations around the world. The physical workload will be tougher than ever too, as the male athletes complete an Intermediate Dive to go with the Required Dive and the two Optional Dives, which feature ever higher degrees of difficulty. Diving is a test of nerve as well as consistency and skill, with the men’s platform almost three times that of the 10m board in Olympic diving. As the athletes prepare to launch themselves from the platform, trained rescue divers wait in the water in case anything goes wrong. On land, Olympic gold medallists Greg Louganis of the United States and Russia’s Dmitri Sautin are among the pool of judges scoring dives on execution. Defending champion Gary Hunt will once again be the man to beat, while last year’s runner-up Orlando Duque of Colombia still feels he can land a second Red Bull Cliff Diving title at the age of 41.The American Steven LoBue will be one of the most closely watched athletes. LoBue is known as the Turbo Spinner, and is the only athlete who performs five somersaults in the three seconds it takes to complete a dive. Britain’s Blake Aldridge, who was Tom Daley’s synchro partner at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has also been pushing the envelope. Aldridge racked up the highest ever degree of difficulty last year with a dive featuring 2 reverse somersaults and five twists. On the women’s side, America’s Rachelle Simpson has so far appeared all but untouchable, winning the first two editions in 2014 and 2015 from the 20m platform. The former gymnast is a Texas native and is eager to see the sport grow. When she resumes competition on familiar territory. “Now we have almost the same amount of competitions as the men. I think it will help people see that women are the real deal and not just an exhibition. It also gives us women the chance to cliff dive more and with more cliff diving comes more experience and a higher level of diving.” (photo: red bull)

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Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on July 26

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 luglio 2014

red bullA high cliff, water and a speedo – that’s what’s needed for a cliff dive and that’s exactly what the fifth stop of the World Series on the circular-shaped Vila Franca do Campo islet offshore from São Miguel in the Azores archipelago has to offer. An impressive monolith of volcanic stone and the outside crater walls serve as take-off points for breathtaking cliff dives. The two previous competitions on Portuguese soil have seen Artem Silchenko and Gary Hunt – both World Series champions – take victory. The Englishman is in perfect shape and leads the standings, while the Russian fights with a mean shoulder injury. Will the “Princess Ring” produce a new winner?
Going into the second half, the 2014 World Series also returns to its pure and most fascinating natural side. Diving from a 28m cliff face without the support of a rock solid platform creates a special thrill and challenge for the world’s top athletes. A foreign feeling to those rather new in the sport, adjustments to the regular diving routine for everyone, even the experienced athletes. Cliff diving’s wonder boy, Jonathan Paredes, jumped onto the podium in only his third competition in 2013 and has placed second and third already this season; he is in great form and will definitely want to have a say in the results in Portugal. Besides the Mexican, America’s ‘turbo spinner’ Steven LoBue understands his five somersault dive pretty well and claims podium after podium lately. Gary Hunts, Artem Silchenkos and Orlando Duques of cliff diving, be warned – the new kids on the rocks are about to take over! The almost perfectly round islet less than one kilometre from the coastline of São Miguel – locals call it “Princess Ring” – is the ideal venue to explore this pure sport and dive straight from the cliffs. Only for the more difficult optional dives will the athletes use the platform construction placed above the ocean. Situated in the middle of the Atlantic – 1,369km west of the European mainland – the Azores archipelago comprises nine islands spread over three groups. This territory symbolizes the beginning of the grand adventure of discovery that began in the fifteenth century and led the Portuguese to have a presence in the four corners of the world. Of volcanic origin, the Azores are undoubtedly one of the last paradises in Europe – appearing often in legends of the lost continent of Atlantis. Nothing to lose have the wildcard divers who are invited for the acrobatic three-second flights into the Atlantic Ocean. Andreas Hulliger, from Switzerland, has his first appearance in a World Series competition; Alain Kohl from Luxembourg, America’s Kyle Mitrione and the Ukrainian Sasha Kutsenko complete the list of wildcards. Five international judges, among them for the first time this year Russia’s world famous Olympic diver Dmitri Sautin, will judge all 14 divers’ performances, in which they achieve speeds of 85kph. The fifth competition of the season, the third in a row on the volcanic nature reserve starts Saturday, July 26, at 10am local time.

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Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2014

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 luglio 2014

red bullKragerø, Norway, is ready for the 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on July 12 In a land famous for its Vikings, the ‘pearl of coastal towns’ welcomes another set of adventurers ready to take to the sea in an attempt to conquer. 14 men and eight women will dive from 27m and 20m respectively into a floating arena of boats and ships on Saturday afternoon. The holidaymakers in Scandinavia’s summer hot spot are ready to see cliff diving par excellence, as the athletes launch from a skerry in order to determine the half-time leader of the 2014 World Series.New faces on the podium, new high scores and personal bests – the sixth season has so far exceeded all expectations and the Kragerø archipelago will be host to the second stop of the first-ever Women’s World Series, which has taken the sport to a whole new level. After the kick-off competition to find a female World Series champion in Texas, the ladies get their next chance to show diving grace from two times the Olympic height. In the men’s fight for the title, the question is, will anybody be able to dispute Gary Hunt’s overall lead? He won four years ago in Kragerø and has taken back-to-back wins in Texas and Ireland. Can he make it a hat-trick here in Norway? In the southernmost municipality of the county of Telemark, and amidst almost 500 islands, islets and skerries, a 27m tall rock will be the focal point of high diving this weekend. The athletes’ breathtaking twisting and flipping action will only be stopped by entry into the Skagerrak strait at almost 90kph. Expressionist painter Edvard Munch found his personal “pearl of coastal towns” in Kragerø and, on Saturday, a special group of people are in town to search for their very own pearl. The cliff diving action starts on July 12 at 1pm local time.

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